PUTRAJAYA, Jun 27 – Malaysia’s special registration number series e-bidding system in conjunction with the Merdeka Day celebration is postponed to Aug 1 to 16 from the original plans of July 2 to July 16.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said the postponement was made to enable the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to test the system and to ensure that no technical glitches occurred when it was implemented.
“This is a pilot project that is expected to be implemented effectively in addition to raising national income,” he said, adding that the e-bidding system was expected to attract more bidders as the process was more transparent and easy.
Previously, Loke announced the registration number bidding system involving 10,000 series of offers from Malaysia 1 until Malaysia 9999 which would be open to the public from July 2 to 16.
Speaking at a press conference after chairing a post-cabinet meeting at his ministry here today, Loke said a local information technology company had offered the e-bidding special registration service as a corporate social responsibility.
According to him, the company had submitted proposals but in principle, the agreement was subject to the Ministry of Finance, before announcing the company’s name.
In another development, Loke stressed that the government’s stand was not to eliminate e-hailing services such as Grab. “On the other hand, we want to regulate and ensure that e-hailing services comply with the rules and regulations previously amended,” he said.
Loke said the law was to ensure that the direction of e-hailing and taxi services would be more just and could satisfy all parties. He also advised taxi drivers to be patient and not to hold demonstrations as the ministry would implement the best regulations for the benefit of all parties. — Bernama